1. Following the Daily Mail….. The B.B.C. Show an interest.

    2 September 2015

    The Daily Mail feature has resulted in a couple of calls from the BBC. One from the local office at Newcastle and another from Radio 5 Live. I should be on later for an interview.What we need from the publicity is a change in the way that disputes over prices of freeholds and lease extensions are dealt with.

    There is no fairness in the current system. Prices quoted for freeholds can be contested but surely a better way would be for an independent valuation be used or a formula be available to both sides so that we have a level playing field from the start.

    I have done what I can to get this problem aired by the media but like most news, it’s tomorrow’s chip wrapper.

    Have a word with your/ our M.P..

    I’ve tried local councillors but they are decidedly uninterested. As long as we have flowers on roundabouts they seem to be happy.

    The media are more interested in your stories than mine.

    The snowball may be starting to roll down the hill.

    Up to you.


  2. Daily Mail visit

    27 August 2015

    Thanks for getting involved in this morning’s meeting. Everyone had a story to tell and an experience to share.

    I’m sure that we gave Ruth, their journalist, plenty of information to digest and formulate.

    A special thanks to Alistair Woodruff for his professional input.

    I think we agree that the current situation with regard to the conduct of the companies that own and trade in leasehold property needs to be looked at.

    I will let you know when the feature is due to appear.

     


  3. ESTATE AGENT REVOLUTION

    20 August 2015

    I’ve been an estate agent for a long, long time so when it comes to revolutions I’ve seen a couple.

    In the late 80′s the world of the estate agency world suffered a seismic change…

    The banks and insurance companies decided to throw a lot of money at it..

    Black Horses Agencies

    General Accident

    Legal and General

    Abbey National

    Prudential

    Northern Rock

    Halifax

    Have I missed any?

    Can you remember them?

    Where are they now then? 

    Answer.

    NOWHERE.

     WHY?

    Because they didn’t know anything about estate agency.

    They came into the business to sell mortgages, loans, life assurance, pensions and general insurance.

    Now we have revolution 2015 style.

    ONLINE AGENTS.

    I’m still here, so are Michael Poole on Teessside, Keith Johnson and Geoff Graham Of Woods in Durham, Bill Kimmitt in East Durham, Rickards in Northumberland, Nigel Cooke in Whitley Bay and lots, lots more.

    I don’t just want to list everyone  but you get the picture.
    We know the business inside out. We can help you in all sorts of ways because we know what we are doing.

    We are also online.

     


  4. Attention leaseholders. Chance to air your views.

    19 August 2015

    The Daily Mail have been in touch. They want to run a feature in next Wednesday’s paper about costs of lease extensions and freeholds.

    I am liaising with one of their journalists. Should you wish to share your story just let me know. 

    There are lots of you unhappy with the situation in Cramlington so this is a chance to get some publicity and see where it takes us. We need to get some order into the way prices are escalating. 

    paul@renownestates.com

    01670 730073.


  5. “I’ve tried an online agent but…..

    18 August 2015

    ….your firm has been recommended so please can you help sell my house. I’m not getting any response or feedback from them. It’s been six weeks and nothing!”

    “Where is the online agent based?” I asked.

    “Essex” was the reply.

    ” When I think about it now your firm has sold three in my street. I thought I could save some money but, as I had to pay  their fees up front, it’s been a waste of money.”

    “Well as you know, we are just up the road. I can be there in fifteen minutes.”

    So in we go, get some nice new pictures, do a professional description and get it onto the market.

    That’ll be four we’ve sold in the road.

     

     


  6. Your big chance to sort it out

    11 August 2015

    The  Daily Mail is back on the track of the dastardly Freehold companies.

    With a little bit of luck we may have one of their journalists coming to Cramlington for a meeting. They are looking for local interest stories. They don’t want to just talk to me!

    Are you happy to share your experience? Tell them about any problems you have had?  Let them know how you feel about things?

    Let me know. I’m happy to organise a venue once I have definite times and dates.

    Please email me or phone the office.

    01670730073

    paul@renownestates.com

    Thanks.


  7. To lie or not to lie…. ????



    It’s best to be honest and to the point when it comes to business isn’t it?

    The problem is that being honest sometimes comes at a price.

    Just as an example..

    An owner recently asked for feedback following  a viewing. ” The person who viewed thought that your house smelled of dogs, which put him off”.  I said, which was true by the way, at which she took a huff and put her house up for sale with another agent.

    Another instance: ” The person who viewed thought that the house needed re-decorating, they didn’t like your colour scheme”.  Same result.

    Surely the feedback given should reflect the prospective buyers view whether positive or negative.

    I could tell a lie and just say that the person who viewed was still looking and would come back to me later but what’s the point.

    Personally, I would rather know what ( if any ) the problem was then I could do something about it.

    Have you ever watched Homes Under The Hammer?

    There are times when a featured property needs major renovation  but there are others when its just a case giving it a  lick of paint and some new carpets, stick it back on the market and make some profit.

    Wouldn’t you rather know how to sell your home quickly for the best price rather than letting someone else make money out of you?

    We were asked to look at a bungalow that had been on the market for two years with another agent without attracting any buyers. With a bit of re-jigging of furniture, some de-cluttering and some new photos (  leaving it at the same price ) we

    sold it within a couple of weeks.

    Not exactly rocket science, just knowing the job and telling the truth.

     

     

     

     

     


  8. Rip Off Britain.

    29 July 2015

    Our Paul Reynolds has filmed an interview with the BBC for a programme they are planning on the topic of leasehold property.

    Paul has been trying to educate and help local residents with this issue for quite some time and his opinion has been sought by our national broadcaster.

    Watch out for it. 

    We’re not sure when it will be shown.


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